‘What we have here is a failure to communicate’

By BENNY HORNSBY,

A peculiar mystique exists in our society concerning prisons, penitentiaries and jails.  We have developed a unique folklore which preserves the legends and myths of hard men behind hard steel.

Prison lore is popular stuff in the arts. We celebrate their viciousness, their shame and sometimes their accomplishments in word and song.




'Stand down!' You can’t find happiness unless you’re happy with yourself

By BENNY HORNSBY,

In the Navy, when things start falling off airplanes, ships start running aground, and sailors start going over the hill, the head shed will often completely stop operations and call for a “stand-down,” a time to stop, think, and figure out what is going wrong.

Stand-downs often have to do with safety or discipline.




Thanksgiving memories afloat

By BENNY HORNSBY,

While I make no claim to being a prophet, a seer,  a soothsayer, or even flat-out smart, I can predict with utmost confidence what will be on the minds of the approximately 70,000 men and women of the Navy and Marine Corps who will be at sea or in port overseas on Thanksgiving Day: food and home.



THE BLINK OF AN EYE

By BENNY HORNSBY,

Have you enjoyed that extra hour of sleep this week? I hope so, because “Falling Back” is perhaps the only chance you will ever have to enjoy, even metaphorically, a bonus of that most precious commodity in your life . . . time.



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